Cyclones Prepare for SDSU and South Dakota
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State swimming and diving team begins a two meet road trip tomorrow as the Cyclones travel to Brookings, S.D. to take on the Fighting Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. The team will then make the two hour drive south to Vermillion, S.D., home of the South Dakota Coyotes for their second dual of the weekend. After a season opening tie at Nebraska last Saturday, the Cyclones will be looking for their first dual meet victory of the season.
After a road loss to North Dakota in their season opener, South Dakota State (1-1) picked up a183-117 win at home last weekend against Omaha. South Dakota remains winless after being edged by Minnesota State 147.5-152.5 in their season opener last Saturday. The Coyotes will also be in action tomorrow night as they host North Dakota.
The Cyclones head into a back-to-back dual meet weekend after an emotional tie last weekend at Nebraska, but coach Duane Sorenson and his staff expect to see their team continue to improve on their times this weekend.
“They’ve had a hard week of practice, certainly from an emotional stand point,” assistant head coach Kelly Nordell said. “We saw people extremely motivated this week. We have had a great week of practice.”
Rather than dealing with an emotional hangover after the Nebraska dual, the Cyclones returned to practice with a sharpened sense of determination.
“The women are paying more attention to details, and they have really found out how important those little details are,” Sorenson said. “When races are decided by hundredths of a second, details are what it’s all about.”
This weekend will give the Cyclones a perfect opportunity to focus on just that, details. Sorenson looks to give his team the opportunity to race in different events.
“It’s a chance to experiment a little bit,” Sorenson said. “We are swimming some of our women in different events, and we are just going to see what happens.”
This weekend will also be a learning experience for the Iowa State divers, who have been dealing with injuries dating back to last season. Jessica Henderson returned for her first competitive meet last weekend against Nebraska after a season-ending concussion during her junior year. Iowa State’s 2012-13 most valuable diver Elyse Brouillette underwent surgery on her right shoulder in the offseason, and she has been easing back into the 3-meter board as result.
Freshman diver Julie Dickinson will be competing in only her second college dual tomorrow; however, Warrick is confident that her scores this weekend will reflect her effort in the diving well during practice.
“She is really committed and she works hard,” Warrick said. “I’m very happy to see that out of her.”
The Cyclones are a combined 12-0 against South Dakota and South Dakota State dating back to the 2005-06 season.